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Provider Shopping | 401(k) Studies | Financial Advice | Fiduciary Responsibility

401(k) Fee Study: What Does a Fiduciary-Grade Advisor Cost?

By: Eric Droblyen
August 7th, 2019

When an employer is looking to hire a financial advisor for their 401(k) plan, my advice to them is always the same – only consider financial advisors subject to a fiduciary standard of care. My reason is simple - only fiduciary-grade advisors are obligated by law to give impartial advice. In contrast, non-fiduciary advisors can give conflicted advice that favors investments with high commissions – making it harder for employers to keep their 401(k) fees in check. Generally, investment advisers are subject to a fiduciary standard of care, while brokers and insurance agents are not.

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Retirement Plan Types | Retirement Planning | Financial Advice

401(k) Rollovers: When One is in Your Best Interest

By: Eric Droblyen
May 15th, 2019

If you’re leaving your job for a new employer, you must decide what to do with your 401(k) account. To keep growing your savings tax-free until retirement, you could have up to 3 options: keep it where it is, roll it to a new employer-sponsored plan, or roll it to a personal IRA. It’s important to make an educated decision. Otherwise, you risk making your dream retirement more expensive than necessary.

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401k plan participation | DOL Fiduciary Rule | Financial Advice

3 Common 401(k) Provider Conflicts of Interest!

By: Eric Droblyen
May 2nd, 2018

On March 15, 2018, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Fiduciary Rule in a 2-1 decision. If the DOL does not request a rehearing within 45 days, the regulation will die. If that happens, the rules for 401(k) investment advice that existed before the Fiduciary Rule will return. That means some financial advisors – basically, brokers and insurance agents - will once again be able to give conflicted investment advice by recommending high-priced 401(k) investments that pay them rich commissions over less expensive - but comparable - alternatives on May 7, 2018.

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Financial Advice | Thought Leadership | Fiduciary Responsibility

A Simple Guide for Meeting 401(k) Fiduciary Responsibilities

By: Eric Droblyen
February 7th, 2018

Over the past decade, several high-profile 401(k) fee lawsuits and DOL efforts to implement a fiduciary standard for professional investment advice have put 401(k) fiduciary responsibility in the national spotlight. Unfortunately, this attention has done little to help employers understand and meet their 401(k) fiduciary responsibilities. This confusion is a big problem because employers risk personal liability when these responsibilities are not met.

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small business retirement plans | low cost 401(k) plan | Roth 401(k) | Financial Advice

The Top Ten Frugal Fiduciary 401(k) Blogs of 2017

By: Eric Droblyen
December 27th, 2017

Happy Holidays from the Frugal Fiduciary! As 2017 comes to a close, we looked back through this year’s blogs to find the most read.

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index funds | Investments | Financial Advice

3-Step Guide for Employers to Select and Monitor 401(k) Index Funds

By: Eric Droblyen
November 1st, 2017

Index funds not only offer 401(k) participants superior returns to comparable actively-managed funds net of fees, they are a clear and simple way for 401(k) sponsors to meet their investment-related fiduciary responsibilities.  Sponsors need only select three or more prudent investments that allow plan participants to sufficiently diversify their accounts.  Index funds are indisputably “prudent” by meeting their investment objective for market-correlated returns at reasonable fees.

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